Zoya Scholis

As a child, I was known for my ability to draw. In elementary school I won a set of oil pastels. I can still remember dancing all the way home with my rainbow in a box. I grew-up in Monterey, California with my mother and two brothers. We were poor which was difficult but turned out to be a gift in some ways. No TV, lots independence and room for my imagination to flourish. After years or bartending and waitressing I decided to go to college, working my way through as a bilingual Children’s...

As a child, I was known for my ability to draw. In elementary school I won a set of oil pastels. I can still remember dancing all the way home with my rainbow in a box. I grew-up in Monterey, California with my mother and two brothers. We were poor which was difficult but turned out to be a gift in some ways. No TV, lots independence and room for my imagination to flourish. After years or bartending and waitressing I decided to go to college, working my way through as a bilingual Children’s Center teacher n the Mission District of San Francisco. In ’93 I received a BA in Studio Arts from CSUEB. Currently, I live and work in San Jose, CA. where I lead workshops and indulge in the privilege and challenge of making abstract art. I consider art making to be an exploration of psyche, and ultimately an experiment with the Divine.